Merlin O. Untiet

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Funeral services for Merlin O. Untiet, 93, of Winona, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Central Lutheran Church in Winona. Members of American Legion Post No. 9, Winona will conduct military burial honors outside the church following the services.

Interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery, Stratford, Wis.

Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Casketbearers will be grandsons: Chris Untiet, Dirk and Mark Halupnik, Ben Ewing, Andrew Withers, Jim Halupnik, Ryan, Tim and Matt Rose

Merlin O. Untiet died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Lake Winona Manor. Merlin was born in Wausau, Wis., April 20, 1917, the son of August H. and Josephine M. (Kipp) Untiet.

He worked for Montgomery Wards for over 30 years in various stores in the Upper Midwest, including a time as manager of the Winona store. When the Winona store closed he worked for a period of time at Farm & Fleet in Onalaska, Wis., retiring on Oct. 12, 1990.

Merlin was united in marriage to Lorraine H. Zenner in Stratford, Wis. on June 28, 1943. Together they enjoyed 65 years of marriage prior to her death Sept. 6, 2008.

Merlin served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is a member of Central Lutheran Church, Winona and American Legion Post No. 9 of Winona.

Merlin is survived by his children: Larry Untiet, Spencer, Karen Rose, Chippewa Falls, Wis., Janet (Kevin) Ewing, Rochester, Minn., and Linda (Bill) Withers, Waverly; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sons-in-law: Ben Halupnik, Cedar Rapids, and Mike Rose, Chippewa Falls, Wis.; a daughter-in-law, Kim Halverson-Untiet, West Des Moines; and a sister, Mildred Hupe, Marshfield, Wis.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine; daughter, Nancy Halupnik; one brother and one sister.

Merlin loved tending his roses, gardening his vegetables, playing cards and dominoes. He loved his family, friends and especially his sweet Lorraine.

Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona, Minn. Words of sympathy and remembrance may be left at